The Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus has always focused on the voice as an instrument. In an upcoming concert it will be the only instrument.
A program they’re calling “Sound Off!” will be performed a capella – without accompaniment. The program spans not only a large part of the history of music, but the globe as well.
This is new artistic director Donald Milton’s first non-holiday concert leading the Chorus, and features traditional music from Ghana and Scotland, a Hasidic folk song, and music spanning from the late Renaissance to Katy Perry.
“In these songs, we find an emotional arc that doesn’t have to have necessarily a narrative line,” Milton tells “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes. “You still get to start somewhere and go on a journey with the Chorus.”
The concert takes place in The Atrium at City Hall in Atlanta, which was arranged with the help of Malik Brown, the LGBTQ Affairs Coordinator in Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ office.
“They are hoping that City Hall will be not just a place to pay your water bill,” Milton says, “but a place to come for cultural events, specifically cultural events for the LGBTQ community.”
The Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus performs “Sound Off” at Atlanta City Hall Friday and Sunday.